What is CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
You may have heard of it, but what is chronic fatigue syndrome? This syndrome, also known as CFS, is a collection of symptoms and it’s usually diagnosed only after ruling out other possible causes of those symptoms.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is more than feeling a little tired after a long day. This is a syndrome where you feel severe fatigue that doesn’t go away even after you’ve rested. People with CFS also experience other symptoms that go hand in hand.
For example, you may have problems with concentrating and becoming forgetful. You may also experience headaches and joint pain. It’s also common to have muscle aches and irritability.
Some people have a low grade fever that accompanies their symptoms. A sore throat and sore lymph nodes are also reported by many who suffer from CFS.
Women between the ages of thirty and fifty are most at risk for developing chronic fatigue syndrome. However, it can affect people of any age or gender.
One of the frustrating things about this syndrome is that it has symptoms that are also found in other health conditions.
Before you can be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, your healthcare provider will probably want to rule out many other possibilities.
Immune disorders, infections, medications, and depression can all cause some of the same symptoms.
Once other conditions are ruled out, your doctor may diagnose you with chronic fatigue syndrome. Getting to a diagnosis can help to put you at ease, but you’ll also want to know what to do to feel better.
Unfortunately there is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome. However, there are things you can do to take better care of your body and to feel better.
You’re always best to start with a healthy diet and exercise program designed for someone with CFS.
There are also medications that you can take that can ease the symptoms. Medications made to reduce joint pain and aches can be very helpful in improving your quality of life.
You may also want to try antianxiety medication as well as antidepressants that can help you to cope with the syndrome.
Making sure that you manage your tasks, time and energy carefully can also help you to have a better quality of life even if you have chronic fatigue syndrome. Alternative therapies such as massage and acupuncture can also bring relief.
Some people actually recover from chronic fatigue syndrome with a few months to a year of developing symptoms while others have more long-term problems.
But your health outlook from chronic fatigue syndrome is much better if you do all you can to improve your lifestyle and stick to treatments that are prescribed.
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